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Silbury Hill, Avebury: 7 reviews and 16 photos

  Silbury Hill
by clairegeordio

About a mile north of Avebury lies Silbury Hill, the largest megalithic construction in Europe ? it is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. It is on a base covering 2 hectares (5 acres) and is 130ft high. Archaeologists believe that Silbury Hill was built around 2700 BC ? a date comparable with the building of the pyramids. The base of the monument is a 550ft diameter and is a perfectly round shape. It is likely that the time it took to build Silbury Hill was 30-40 years.
Noone really knows what it was used for - some believe it was for burials, however no evidence of this has been found.
Silbury Hill is located opposite West Kennett Longbarrow. Due to erosion you are not allowed to climb Silbury Hill and at the end of May 2000 it suffered from a lot of damage caused by heavy rain.

Address: Avebury SN8 1QT
Directions: To the north of the A4 between Marlborough and Beckhampton, about 1 1/2 miles from Avebury.
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 4, 2004
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